Should I wait until puberty to try to gain weight?
Asked by taylorr93 on Jun 08, 2009
in Family & Pregnancy
I am 15 years old and will be 16 in July. I only weigh 109 lbs. Last year I started out at 5'1" and grew to 5'8" by the end of the school year. I don't blame being underwight on the growth though because I was always pretty slim. My question is should I wait until after puberty to try to gain weight or is it permissible to begin right now.
It is simply impossible to fill out and grow tall at the same time, but now that your major growth-spurt is over, you will begin to fill out naturally. It really doesn't matter whether you wait until you complete puberty or start trying to gain weight now. Consider not "trying" to gain weight at all and let your body take care of that. Focus on getting physical activity for muscle and bone development, sleep and fresh air, and then follow your appetite when your body guides you to eat. Your job is to make sure you don't skip meals (you may need 5-6 "meals" a day) or fill up on junk instead of wholesome food or interfere with weight gain by smoking cigarettes.